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Rook

Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:25 pm
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 Plan for the Week
I'll be going out of town on Tuesday night. Here is my gameplan for the next few days.

1. Capablanca's Best Endings
2. Daily Chess Tempo Training
3. Tuesday August Standard Tournament
4. Review openings
5. Analyze games

One thing I want to emphasize in my training is focus and engagement in learning material and self-awareness during analysis.

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Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:55 pm
Rook

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 Sunday, August 14, 2011
Chess Tempo: 12/15, 1755 Blitz tactics rating

That's pretty much all I'll get in today. I've been contemplating a lot of stuff though and looking forward to trying it out in the coming days and weeks.

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Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:39 am
Rook

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 Monday, August 15, 2011
Morning:
1. Chess Tempo: 11/15, 1748 Blitz tactics rating
2. Reviewed openings for 15 minutes with Bookup

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Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:55 am
Rook

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 Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Chess Tempo: 10/15, 1744 Blitz Tactics Rating

I'm out of town on vacation, so just trying to fit things in little bursts when I can. One thing I'm trying to do is get my mindset in the right spot before training, so I'm not going to try to squeeze things in just to do so, but right now everyone's still sleeping. :)

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Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:27 am
Rook

Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:25 pm
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 Thursday, August 18, 2011
Chess Tempo: 1755 Blitz tactics rating (about 9/10, but didn't keep track)

Out of town, but just keeping my tactical fresh. Also reviewed some instructive positions in my database for 15 minutes.

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Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:57 am
Rook

Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:25 pm
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Rating Class: Class A (1800-2000)
 Friday, August 19, 2011
Chess Tempo: 12/15, 1763 Blitz Tactics Rating

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Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:10 am
Rook

Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:25 pm
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 Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Morning:
1. Opening Study - 60 minutes
BTW, opening study includes studying whole master games, so I get all aspects in this session.
2. Bookup Training - 30 minutes
This training session felt good. I tried to stay engaged...and my main attitude was to be like a detective, "What was this move played? Why not this move?"

Lunchtime:
1. Chess Tempo: 33/38, 1763 blitz tactics rating - 30 minutes
Started off strong, but tired as I got toward the end. My little "game" was to keep going up to 50 until I got 5 incorrect.

Evening:
1. Solitaire Chess: Studied Limbos-Bogart from Chess Life August 2011 Solitaire Chess column. Scored in 2000-2200 range (not that I think this is accurate, just a way to measure progress when I use this article again). 60 minutes

Total Training time: 3 hours

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Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:46 am
Rook

Joined: Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:43 pm
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 Re: Thursday, August 18, 2011
backrankbrawler wrote:
Chess Tempo: 1755 Blitz tactics rating (about 9/10, but didn't keep track)

Out of town, but just keeping my tactical fresh. Also reviewed some instructive positions in my database for 15 minutes.


Bryan,

chesstempo.com keeps the history of your last 100 attempts even if you are unpaid. On the top menu, click My Stats > Summary and you see the most recent 50, along with some navigation for deeper history. Thus you can go back to 51-100, or whatever more they keep for you if you're a premium subscriber. If I knew your alias on the server, I could have found your score on 8/18, but there is no "backrankbrawler" on chesstempo.com. :(

By the way, I find the history to be extremely helpful for reviewing problems I struggled with in the past. Acquiring the patterns...

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Chris Falter


Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:39 am
Rook

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 Thursday, August 25, 2011
Lunchtime:
1. Chess Tempo: 46/50, 1766 Blitz Tactics Rating ~45 minutes
Made it through my 50. Tomorrow, the game will be 50 or 4 incorrect, whichever is first. A little different focus than before, focusing more on endurance than speed. Probably good to work on both alternatively perhaps.
2. Opening Study: 60 minutes
3. Bookup Review: 30 minutes

Evening:
Played through 20 master games in a specific opening variation (about 45 minutes). A little too tired to do any intense training and felt this would be more productive than playing blitz. It actually was, because I had a couple questions about how to handle a couple issues in this opening, and after seeing 5-6 ways that it was handled by masters, I have a better idea about it. I'm writing a little article about "quick" study of master games.

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Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:52 am
Rook

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 Re: Thursday, August 18, 2011
I'm a premium member and I'll look it up. However, I do believe my username there is backrankbrawler.

chrisfalter wrote:
backrankbrawler wrote:
Chess Tempo: 1755 Blitz tactics rating (about 9/10, but didn't keep track)

Out of town, but just keeping my tactical fresh. Also reviewed some instructive positions in my database for 15 minutes.


Bryan,

chesstempo.com keeps the history of your last 100 attempts even if you are unpaid. On the top menu, click My Stats > Summary and you see the most recent 50, along with some navigation for deeper history. Thus you can go back to 51-100, or whatever more they keep for you if you're a premium subscriber. If I knew your alias on the server, I could have found your score on 8/18, but there is no "backrankbrawler" on chesstempo.com. :(

By the way, I find the history to be extremely helpful for reviewing problems I struggled with in the past. Acquiring the patterns...

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Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:53 am
Rook

Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:25 pm
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Rating: 1822
Rating Class: Class A (1800-2000)
 Friday, August 26, 2011
Morning:
1. Solitaire Chess: About 20 minutes (kids woke up, so stopped session...to be continued)
Felt good...focused on looking for my opponent's best move and seeing his threats. Somewhat of a deliberate practice, as some moves were forced recaptures, but besides learning the chess content, I want to develop the specific thinking habits. The plan here will be to finish the game over 1-2 hours then analyze it.
2. Chess Tempo: 30/34, 1769 Blitz tactics rating ~30 minutes
Missed a few easy ones trying to go faster...the key is to be relaxed and taking time as I think the speed will come with repetition and relaxed focus.

Afternoon
Played in a simul with IM voja (Milanovic Vojislav) on ICC (time control 30 30). I actually got a draw but I think I might have been slightly better. However, I was a little low on time and it would have been a grinding endgame that I would rather do with a lot of time. I was a little unfamiliar with the opening, but I had the idea to lock up the center and castle queenside to try to pursue chances on the kingside. However, I'm not sure if I had the right approach and felt on the defensive, protecting a backward pawn on e6 for most of the middlegame. However, I found a chance to simplify and actually gain a protected passed pawn. IM voja offered a draw at this point, and low on time and happy to have survived, I accepted.

Here is the game:


Over the next few days, I want to analyze this game deeply.

Evening:
1. Reviewed incorrect problems from morning tactics session. (10 minutes)
2. Bookup opening review (15 minutes)
3. Game annotation/analysis (30 minutes)
4. Opening study (45 minutes)

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Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:26 am
Rook

Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:25 pm
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 Saturday, August 27, 2011
Morning:
1. Solitaire Chess: ~30 minutes (stopped session when kids got up)
2. Chess Tempo: 43/47, 1763 Blitz Tactics Rating (Goal was to get 50 problems before getting 4 incorrect) ~1 hour
Felt a little sluggish. Of course, I made the mistake of doing the problems with the kids distracting me. Started the session off strong and did worse as distractions and fatigue rose. Overall, a decent session though. It is a signal to attend to family matters and end the training session. :)

Also, thanks to chrisfalter for pointing out the history on Chess Tempo. Now I can go back and look at the problems I had trouble with easily.
:D

Afternoon:
1. Master game study ~45 minutes
2. Bookup Opening review 15 minutes

Evening:
Played in a 2 6 blitz tournament on ICC. Finished 3/4. I feel it will be good to play in these occasionally, and I plan to look up the openings and check out any interesting positions. I feel you can learn from any chess experience.

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Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:38 am
Rook

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 Sunday, August 28, 2011
Morning:
1. Chess Tempo: 32/36, 1773 Blitz Tactics Rating (45 minutes)
Had some early errors which I will review. Need to learn to focus with distraction (kids). Or just do my training when they're sleeping or away.

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Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:19 am
Rook

Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:25 pm
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Rating: 1822
Rating Class: Class A (1800-2000)
 Monday, August 29, 2011
Morning:
1.Chess Tempo: 15/19, 1771 Blitz tactics rating
2.Physical Exercise ~20 minutes
3.Reviewed incorrect tactical problems (30 minutes)
It was important to spend a little more time. Even though the problems were not super hard, exploring my reasons for my mistakes and making absolutely sure I understood the solution I felt was very instructive. Because of timing with dropping kids off and work, I got a little exercise too, which I think has a positive influence with the mind-body connection.

I have an online tournament game tonight, and here are my objectives going into the game:
1. I will identify my opponent's threats when considering my move.
2. I will find my opponent's best move when considering my move.
3. I will do a safety check before playing my intended move to avoid simple blunders.

Afternoon:
1. Master Game Study - 90 minutes
I studied 3 games in the same opening. Studying them side-by-side (and back-to-back) made an interesting contrast. In some cases, the plans didn't change depending on the specific moves, but in a couple instances, the difference in moves made a big difference (mainly tactically).
2. Bookup openings review - 30 minutes

Evening:
Chess9030 Tournament Game
In this game, I felt I had an edge almost all the way through. There were a few complications in the middlegame I wasn't sure if I handled perfectly, but I avoided blunders after winning the exchange to force my opponent's resignation. I will have some deeper analysis within the next couple days. Any feedback you may have in the game is of course very welcome. With regard to my objectives, I followed them very closely in the beginning and middle of the game, but must admit as I got tired and the game got more tense I started to get lazy about it, although I did a cursory look before I made my move, I probably was not as careful as I may have been. Something to work on of course.


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Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:48 am
Rook

Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:25 pm
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Rating: 1822
Rating Class: Class A (1800-2000)
 Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Morning:
1. Chess Tempo: 11/15, 1752 blitz tactics rating - 15 minutes
2. Analysis of errors - 20 minutes
My little routine is to go until I get 4 wrong, which happened pretty early. I am a little upset at myself, but I'm trying to see my errors as opportunities to learn, so I'm placing emphasis on correcting and understanding the ones I got wrong. I observed that I often got the 2nd best answer but didn't even consider the first or gave it a very cursory look. In this tactics program, it has to be a balance, but the fact that I didn't see the answer is instructive in itself.

Another observation I made was that perhaps my sluggishness with my tactics (besides my lack of skills) has to do with the little sleep I had last night (late night chess game + kid waking up at 3 AM = not much sleep). Not making an excuse, just highlighting the importance of sleep and rest for our brain functioning.

The rest of my training time today I will be devoting to game analysis of a couple of my recent games. I will post any interesting positions or analysis here.

Afternoon:
Game Analysis: 30 minutes (just a short break from work exploring a couple positions from my game last night.

Evening:
I wanted to do some training, but I was tired from work and a bad night of sleep, so I just played some relaxing blitz for about 30 minutes.

Back to it tomorrow!

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Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:16 am
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